Notable New York: the West Side and Greenwich Village: A Walking Guide to the Historic Homes of Famous (and Infamous) New Yorkers

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The excitement surrounding Manhattan's most memorable residents can be felt on almost any street in New York, as demonstrated in this guide to what-happened-where on the West Side. Featuring 34 walking tours that last from 15 to 90 minutes each, the book offers guide maps as well as brief anecdotes or descriptions of events featuring famous (or infamous) figures at each destination. New York and all its rich history come alive in this fresh and immediate format that includes such people as Babe Ruth, Mark Twain, ...

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Overview

The excitement surrounding Manhattan's most memorable residents can be felt on almost any street in New York, as demonstrated in this guide to what-happened-where on the West Side. Featuring 34 walking tours that last from 15 to 90 minutes each, the book offers guide maps as well as brief anecdotes or descriptions of events featuring famous (or infamous) figures at each destination. New York and all its rich history come alive in this fresh and immediate format that includes such people as Babe Ruth, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, Lucille Ball, Lucky Luciano, Charlie Chaplin, Thomas Paine, John Wilkes Booth, Edward G. Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Willa Cather, Ethel Merman, Jerry Seinfeld, Margaret Sanger, Bat Masterson, and Bob Dylan.

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"A fascinating parade of people and places; an olio of architecture and anecdote...[and] a lighthearted and charming read."  —Andrew Halpern, architect and author, Historic Manhattan Apartment Houses

"The 36 tours...[take] 35 minutes to an hour—unless you become too entranced to tear yourself away."  —Travel Holiday magazine

"A mini-history...and interesting to read even if you don't set out to see the city."    —The Schenectady Sunday Gazette

Library Journal
Plumb, a research librarian who resides in Minnesota, must be captivated by New York City. He first published The Streets Where They Lived: A Walking Guide to the Residences of Famous New Yorkers in 1989 and now offers this title, which is to be followed by a second one in 2007 covering New York's East Side. Here he provides 33 walking tours that touch on the lives of more than 700 actors, artists, authors, musicians, and other notables who have lived in 600 residences on the West Side of Manhattan in the last 150 years. Each person's entry includes a brief history of what that person was doing in his or her field while residing at the address provided. With some help from street maps and pictures, readers can now visit the homes of Mark Twain, Lenny Bruce, Thomas Edison, Bob Dylan, and Babe Ruth. Plumb's lively anecdotes engage the reader and make the book a pleasure to read from cover to cover. This excellent supplement to travel guides to New York City is recommended for large public libraries and those with extensive travel collections.-John McCormick, Concord, NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892147110
  • Publisher: Marlor Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Notable New York Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,000,149
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen W. Plumb is a research librarian at the James J. Hill Library. He is a former director of the State of Minnesota Legislative Reference Library and a former newspaper librarian at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He is the author of The Streets Where They Lived. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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